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19 April 2010

Former U.S. Attorney Endorses Hodges For Attorney General

The Ken Hodges campaign announced the endorsement of former U.S. Attorney Richard H. Deane, Jr. Below in the press release touting Deane's support:

Today, former U.S. Attorney and magistrate judge Richard H. Deane, Jr. announced his endorsement of Ken Hodges (D) to be Georgia’s next Attorney General.

"Hodges was the first District Attorney in the state to bring Georgia’s racketeering laws to bear on payday lenders,” Deane said. “We’re right to point out his leadership in this area, because it's the kind of prosecutorial experience an Attorney General needs. Hodges has my full support."

Deane was appointed by President Clinton to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1998. A Stone Mountain resident and now a partner in Jones Day’s Atlanta office, Deane boasts a long record of arguing cases in both state and federal courts, including appearances before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recognized Deane’s legal stature when she chose him to serve on a Justice Department advisory committee.

Among Deane’s many public honors is a spot on Time Magazine’s “Time 100 List of Innovators,” when in 2001 the magazine honored him for his creativity in using Georgia’s racketeering laws to fight local crime.

“To have Richard Deane’s support is unique and meaningful to me, because of the experience we share using racketeering laws to fight for victims. I’ll keep fighting for those victims in the Attorney General’s office, and I’m honored to know that Deane is standing with me.”

Ken Hodges served for 12 years as Dougherty County’s District Attorney. A proven prosecutor, Hodges earned distinctions as the Chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, the President of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia, and as the state’s District Attorney of the Year in 2002. A winner of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Eagle Award, Hodges believes in prosecuting public corruption, cracking down on gangs and urban crime, and supporting law enforcement in its efforts to protect all Georgians.